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Teaching on Holocaust and Human Rights

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report entitled “Discover the Past for the Future. A study on the role of historical sites and museums in Holocaust education and human rights education in the EU”.

The report examines the role of historical sites and museums in Holocaust education as well as human rights education in the European Union. It surveyed 22 memorial sites, education and culture ministries in all member states (except Cyprus) and held focus group discussions with teachers and students in the UK, France, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy and Lithuania.

The report reveals that at historical sites and in schools across the EU, teaching about the Holocaust rarely includes discussion of related human rights issues. Teachers and guides are considered to be key to ensuring interest in the subject, yet there is a lack of human rights training on behalf of both groups. Based on the findings of its study, the FRA encourages national governments to better integrate human rights education into their school curricula to reflect the significance of human rights for both the history and the future of the EU.

About the FRA

Based in Vienna The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) was opened in March 2007. It is a body of the European Union (EU) which provides the relevant institutions and authorities of the Community and its Member States when implementing Community law with assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights in order to support them when they take measures or formulate courses of action within their respective spheres of competence to fully respect fundamental rights.

The full text of the report is available here. A brief version - Focus report on the survey’s key findings can be found here.

Found on our Polish Partnerwebsite "Learning from History"

 

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